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Favorite Krautrock-er solo albums?

Post by onthebandwagon » Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:24 pm

I really enjoy Roedelius’s Selbstportrait I and maybe a less obvious choice Rother’s Katzenmusik but feel like their is a lot of solo work by similar pioneers which I haven’t been exposed to or spent proper time with. Anyone care to share their favorites under this criteria?

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Post by BugBrand » Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:35 pm

Check Holger Czukay - I first heard Boat Woman Song (utterly amazing - off Canaxis) but albums like Movies and Der Osten Ist Rot are full of joyous playfulness.

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And I love this one (with the Can beat) - great story:
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Post by Wartimetapestry » Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:10 pm

I'll second Holger but with On the Way to Peak of Normal. An absolutely wild record. Apparently Conny had to tell him to stop messing with it and just put it out already.

Honorable mention to Roedelius with Durche Die Wuste. Definitely check out Regenmacher from that record. Powerful stuff.

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Post by onthebandwagon » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:06 am

I have been dabbling in all that’s been mentioned here—thanks. I think I prefer Czukay’s solo stuff to Can, personally I can only listen to Can in limited does more like some odd party music to me than anything.

I really like Mr Livingstone I Suppose and the rest of the album in general, not sure how I missed that one by Roedelius. Very immersive recording great with headphones.

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Post by Gyroscope » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:44 am

Check out Günter Schickert. I have is second album, Überfällig (1979), and it's great.

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Post by flippantminister » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:50 am

Another vote for Czukay, another repurposed Can track-


Also a big fan of PhantomBand, Jaki Leibezeit's post-Can group. They had two pretty distinct phases, I actually prefer the somewhat corny first phase-


as mentioned- all the Roedelius albums are worth hearing. I like Michael Rother's stuff, but it's more hit and miss.

Will check out Günter Schickert. watching this thread for more suggestions...

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Post by wiperactive » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:21 am

I'd also endorse Holger Czukay's work as worth visiting, especially the Canaxis, Der Osten Ist Rot and On the Way to the Peak of Normal albums. Likewise Michael Rother's Katzenmusik - great after a countryside walk.

Not sure how restrictive the 'Krautrock' label is here, but Holger Hiller from Palais Schaumburg put out a great solo album Ein Bündel Fäulnis in der Grube (A Bunch of Foulness in the Pit) in 1983. I'm fairly sure this was made almost entirely of reel to reel tape cut-up/manipulation 'sampling' (with Hiller's natural vocals over the top) while his later, presumably less labour intensive album of this nature, 1986's Oben Im Eck relied more on digital sampling technology.

The Ein Bündel Fäulnis in der Grube album is the winner for me, even the track "Johnny du Lump", despite the experimentation, given repeated radio airplay (hook after hook in there!), could easily have been a number one hit in an alternative universe.

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Also from the same Dusseldorf 'axis' is Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator from the trio Der Plan who made numerous solo albums. I'm particularly fond of Wunderland (1984) for some of the playful elements. The opening track "Im Zoo" takes me right back to being a small child. On other tracks it seems he was utilising some of the natural world sounds from the same source as Holger Hiller.

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Post by ModHiisi » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:24 pm

I'll second Günter Schickert (a personal hero!), 'Samtvogel', the aforementioned 'Ûberfällig' and 'Kinder In Der Wildnis' are excellent albums! And make Manuel Göttsching's 'Inventions For Electric Guitar' pale in comparison (though it's not entirely out of merit, i'm also huge Ash Ra Tempel/Manuel fan!)

Michael Rother's 'Sterntaler' is a personal fave, basically a trio of Plank, Liebezeit & Rother!

I'm not sure if you can call either Sergius Golowin's *Lord Krishna Von Goloka'or Walter Wegmüller's 'Tarot' solo albums (because Cosmic Jokers, Witthuser & Westrup + guys from Wallenstein, etc., consist of the "backing" band..). But they're epic!

Peter Frohmader's first Nekropolis releases are filled with great tail end darker 'Krautrock'.

Klaus Bloch's 'Extreme Musik a La Ping Pong' albums are definitely worth a mention as well!

As well as too many to mention Klaus Schulze, Dieter Moebius and Roedelius albums..!

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Post by ModHiisi » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:26 pm

Oh yeah, and Edgar Froese's 'Ages' and especially the 'Epsilon In Malaysian Pale'!

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Post by onthebandwagon » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:29 pm

Thanks for all the excellent suggestions, seems a higher percentage of prog/Krautrock bands produced very good solo albums verse other genres. I might of been short sighted to just include Krautrock in the title, listening to Robert Wyatt now and so many of his solo albums stick with me more than anything he did with Soft Machines...

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Post by ModHiisi » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:33 pm

And, the über kraut epic (Achim Reichel's pretty much solo) A.R. & Machines - 'Echo' (and the preceding, slightly lesser but still classic, 'Die Grüne Reise')!

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Post by onthebandwagon » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:50 am

Thanks for the Günter Schickert recommendation Gyroscope, really enjoying Überfällig.

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Post by m0n0mania » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:32 pm

Michael Rother Katzenmusik
Peter Baumann Trans Harmonic Nights
Holger Czukay On the Way to the Peak of Normal
Manuel Gottsching's entire catalogue

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Post by cretaceousear » Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:12 pm

Another shout for Holger's Movies and Der Osten ist Rot.
I also like Irmin Schmidt's Toy Planet - ok it's a duo with Bruno Spoerri.
Michael Karoli's solo (forgot the name) is disappointing.
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Post by naos » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:35 pm

Digging a lot Eroc these days (4 albums titled 1,2,3 and 4). Plus it's totally obscure.
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Post by Wartimetapestry » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:10 pm

ModHiisi wrote:
Michael Rother's 'Sterntaler' is a personal fave, basically a trio of Plank, Liebezeit & Rother!
That is a very exciting prospect. I have a slow day at work tomorrow so I'll check it out.

Eroc 1 is a personal favourite of mine too. Norderland and Abendfrieden are both up there.

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Post by naos » Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:24 pm

Wartimetapestry wrote:Eroc 1 is a personal favourite of mine too. Norderland and Abendfrieden are both up there.
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Post by nouuislo » Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:26 pm

Check out Movie! by Holger Czukay

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Post by timoka » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:54 pm

great thread!
thanks for the holger hiller recommendation, never heard of him!

i quite like the tonspuren record by dieter moebius:

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my favorites are the roedelius tape archives:

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Post by onthebandwagon » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:30 pm

Just saw that some Rother re-pressings are available for preorder:

https://www.groenland.com/en/shop/

Don’t think I’ve heard Fernwärme.

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Post by Tumulishroomaroom » Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:19 am

Always loved and often listen to this Thomas Dinger album :

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Holger Czuckay is an all time favorite as well of course. Thanks for the many recommendation I have to check.
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Post by NU » Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:43 pm

Two weeks and no mention of E2-E4?

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Post by cycad73 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:33 pm

Lutz Rahn - Solo Trip. not at all a classic like Roedelius, but still very fun, in its own nostalgic way

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his band Novalis... kraut/symphonic prog crossover, especially the early albums are good.

in general i've become partial to the more romantic prog/folk side like Bröselmaschine, Hölderlin, Novalis, Führs and Fröhling, Ougenweide (great medieval folk)... maybe overlooked because not experimental enough?

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